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Seymour Cray Computer Engineering Award
New Deadline: 1 July 2015
The award nomination requires a minimum of 3 endorsements.
Past recipients for Seymour Cray Computer Engineering Award
|2013||Marc Snir||For contributions to the research, development, theory, and standardization of high-performance parallel computing including the IBM RS/6000 SP and Blue Gene systems.|
|2012||Peter M. Kogge||For innovations in advanced computer architecture and systems.|
|2011||Charles L. Seitz||For innovations in high-performance message passing architectures and networks.|
|2010||Alan Gara||For innovations in low power, densely packaged supercomputing systems.|
|2009||Kenichi Miura||For leadership in developing groundbreaking vector supercomputing hardware and software.|
|2008||Steve Wallach||For contribution to high-performance computing through design of innovative vector and parallel computing systems, notably the Convex mini-supercomputer series, a distinguished industrial career and acts of public service.|
|2007||Kenneth E. Batcher||For fundamental theoretical and practical contributions to massively parallel computation, including parallel sorting algorithms, interconnection networks, and pioneering designs, of the STARAN and MPP computers.|
|2006||Tadashi Watanabe||For serving as lead designer of the NEC SX series of supercomputers, and especially for the design of the Earth Simulator, which was the world?s fastest supercomputer from 2002 to 2004.|
|2005||Steven L. Scott||For advancing supercomputer architecture through the development of the Cray T3E, the Cray X-1 and the Cray "Black Widow".|
|2004||William J. Dally||For fundamental contributions to the design and engineering of high-performance interconnection networks, parallel computer architectures, and high-speed signaling technology.|
|2003||Burton J. Smith||For ingenious and sustained contributions to designs and implementations at the frontier of high performance computing and especially for sustained championing of the use of multithreading to enable parallel execution and overcome latency and to achieve high performance in industrially significant products.|
|2002||Monty M. Denneau||For ingenious and sustained contributions to designs and implementations at the frontier of high performance computing leading to widely used industrial products.|
|2001||John L. Hennessy||For pioneering contributions to the foundation, teaching, and practice of high performance computing, especially in distributed shared memory multiprocessor architectures and in design and application of reduced instruction set architectures.|
|2000||Glen J. Culler||For pioneering contributions to the foundation and practice of high performance computing in array and very long instruction word (VLIW) processing especially for use in interactive scientific exploration.|
|1999||John Cocke||For unique and creative contributions to the computer industry through innovative high performance system designs.|
2014 Seymour Cray Subcommittee Chair
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab)
The 2014 Seymour Cray Award nominations cycle is closed.
The selected award winner will be announced in our Press Room, September 2014.
Marc Snir of Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to Receive 2013 IEEE Computer Society Seymour Cray Award
LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 23 September 2013 – Parallel computing expert Marc Snir, a major contributor to the Message Passing Interface, has been named the recipient of this year's IEEE Computer Society Seymour Cray Computer Engineering Award.
Snir is director of the Mathematics and Computer Science Division at Argonne National Laboratory and the Michael Faiman and Saburo Muroga Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), where he headed the Computer Science Department from 2001 to 2007. He is currently pursuing research in programming environments for high-performance computing.
One of IEEE Computer Society's highest awards, the Seymour Cray Computer Engineering Award is presented in recognition of innovative contributions to high-performance computing systems that best exemplify Cray's creative spirit. The award consists of a crystal memento, a certificate, and a $10,000 honorarium.
Until 2001, Snir was a senior manager at the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, where he led the Scalable Parallel Systems research group responsible for major contributions to the IBM SP scalable parallel system and to the IBM Blue Gene system.
He received a PhD in mathematics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1979, worked at New York University on the NYU Ultracomputer project in 1980-1982, and was at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1982-1986, before joining IBM.
An Argonne Distinguished Fellow, AAAS Fellow, ACM Fellow, and IEEE Fellow, Snir has published numerous papers and given many presentations on computational complexity, parallel algorithms, parallel architectures, interconnection networks, parallel languages, libraries, and parallel programming environments.
Cray [http://www.computer.org/portal/web/awards/seymourbio] was a US electrical engineer and supercomputer architect who designed a series of computers that for decades were the fastest in the world. He founded Cray Research, which would build many of these machines. Called "the father of supercomputing," Cray has been credited with creating the supercomputer industry.
Previous Seymour Cray Award recipients were Ken Batcher, John Cocke, Glen Culler, William J. Dally, Monty Denneau, Alan Gara, John L. Hennessy, Peter Kogge, Kenichi Miura, Steven L. Scott, Charles Seitz, Burton J. Smith, Steven Wallach, and Tadashi Watanabe.
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From IEEE Computer Society Press Room
University of Notre Dame Professor Peter Kogge Named 2012 Recipient of IEEE Computer Society 2012 Seymour Cray Computer Engineering Award
LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 11 October, 2012 – University of Notre Dame computer science and engineering professor Peter Kogge, developer of the space shuttle I/O processor, the world's first multicore processor, and a number of other important innovations, has been named the recipient of the IEEE Computer Society's 2012 Seymour Cray Computer Engineering Award.
Peter KoggeKogge, the Ted H. McCourtney Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Notre Dame since 1994, was recognized "for innovations in advanced computer architecture and systems." The Seymour Cray Award is one of the IEEE Computer Society's highest awards, and is presented in recognition of innovative contributions to high-performance computing systems that best exemplify Cray's creative spirit. The award consists of a crystal memento, certificate, and a $10,000 honorarium.
Kogge has been at the forefront of several innovations that have shaped the computing industry over the past three decades. While working on his PhD at Stanford University in the 1970s, he invented the Kogge-Stone-Adder process, what is still considered the fastest way of adding numbers in a computer. During his 26-year career at IBM, Kogge, an IBM Fellow, designed the space shuttle I/O processor, one of the first multithreaded computers and the first to fly in space. Kogge was also inventor of the world's first multicore processor, EXECUBE, which he and his IBM team placed on a memory chip in an early effort to solve the data bottleneck problem.
Co-inventor on more than three dozen patents, Kogge is also the author of two textbooks, including the first textbook on pipelining, a now ubiquitous technique for executing multiple instructions in a computer in parallel. More recently, Kogge led a team of computer professionals for the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to explore development of a supercomputer capable of executing a quintillion mathematical operations per second.
His current research areas include massively parallel processing architectures, advanced VLSI and nanotechnologies and their relationship to computing systems architectures, non von Neumann models of programming and execution, and parallel algorithms and applications and their impact on computer architecture.
Kogge is scheduled to accept the award at the keynote session at SC12 in Salt Lake City on Tuesday morning, 13 November.
Other previous Cray recipients include Ken Batcher, John Cocke, Glen Culler, William J. Dally, Monty Denneau, Alan Gara, John L. Hennessy, Kenichi Miura, Steven L. Scott, Charles Seitz, Burton J. Smith, Steven Wallach, and Tadashi Watanabe.
Charles Seitz Named Recipient of Seymour Cray Computer Engineering AwardLOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 5 October, 2011 – Charles Seitz, an architect and designer of innovative computing and communication systems, has been awarded the IEEE Computer Society's 2011 Seymour Cray Computer Engineering Award.
Known for creating new disciplines of digital design, Seitz was recognized "for innovations in high-performance message-passing architectures and networks." He is scheduled to accept the award at the keynote session at SC11 in Seattle, Washington on Tuesday morning, 15 November.
Seitz's fascination with digital design dates back to the 1960s at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he earned SB, SM, and PhD degrees in electrical engineering. While a graduate student, he taught courses in switching and automata theory, developed MIT's digital-system project-laboratory course, and received the MIT Goodwin Medal "for conspicuously effective teaching."
While he was an assistant professor of computer science at the University of Utah, Seitz worked also at the Evans & Sutherland Computer Corp., where he helped design the highest performance graphics engines of the time. After conducting research for Burroughs on digital-video techniques of aperture filtering, Seitz joined the computer science faculty at Caltech, where he focused on very-large-scale integration (VLSI) design and concurrent computing.
Seitz and his students developed the first multicomputer, the Cosmic Cube; devised the key programming and packet-switching techniques for the second-generation multicomputers; and transferred these technologies to industry. The Intel Paragon, ASCI Red, and Cray T3D/E employ message-passing techniques licensed from his Caltech patents.
In 1994, Seitz led the team that founded Myricom Inc., where he served as president and CEO until last year. The company's Myrinet high-performance interconnects and switches are a direct descendent of multicomputer message-passing networks.
The Seymour Cray Award is one of the IEEE Computer Society's highest awards, and is presented in recognition of innovative contributions to high-performance computing systems that best exemplify Cray's creative spirit. The award consists of a crystal memento, certificate, and a $10,000 honorarium.
The 2010 Seymour Cray award went to Alan Gara, chief system architect for the three generations of Blue Gene supercomputers. An IBM Fellow at the T.J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown, NY, since 2006, Gara was honored for his "innovations in low power, densely packaged supercomputing systems."
Kenichi Miura, a professor at the National Institute of Informatics in Japan, received the 2009 Cray award. Other previous recipients include Ken Batcher, John Cocke, Glen Culler, William J. Dally, Monty Denneau, John L. Hennessy, Steven L. Scott, Burton J. Smith, Steven Wallach, and Tadashi Watanabe.<
Blue Gene Architect Alan Gara to Receive 2010 Cray Award
LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 4 October, 2010 – Alan Gara, chief system architect for the three generations of Blue Gene supercomputers, has been awarded the IEEE Computer Society's 2010 Seymour Cray Computer Engineering Award.
An IBM Fellow at the T.J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown, NY, since 2006, Gara now leads IBM's exascale system research. He is being honored for his "innovations in low power, densely packaged supercomputing systems," and is set to receive the award on 17 November at SC10 in New Orleans.
Affiliated with the T.J. Watson Research Center since 1999, Gara holds a PhD in theoretical physics from University of Wisconsin, Madison. He received Gordon Bell awards in 1998 and 2006 for his scientific work in supercomputing. In addition, the Blue Gene supercomputer received a national medal of technology and innovation in 2009.
Gara served as technical project leader and chief system architect for the BlueGene systems design, which represented a radical reconceptualization of distributed memory parallel systems. Rather than integrating and exploiting existing components, Blue Gene was a complete design based on a desire for dense packaging, low power operation, efficient cooling, and a high mean time to failure (MTBF) to facilitate large hardware configurations.
Combining torus and tree networks for communication, and a custom system on a chip (SoC) node design, the BlueGene series set new standards for ultra-high performance, occupying the top position on the Top500 list of supercomputers for several years.
Gara not only conceived the low power BlueGene design, but was the driving force behind its realization. He identified power consumption and reliability as two of the primary constraints on the continued scaling of supercomputing architecture, something now widely recognized in international plans for exascale computing. He then created a design based on low-power SoC nodes, with dense packaging and multiple interconnection networks that scaled beyond anything previously envisioned.
The integrated design embodies the spirit of Seymour Cray's novel designs, which were marvels of integrated engineering. The Seymour Cray Award is one of the IEEE Computer Society's highest awards, and is presented in recognition of innovative contributions to high-performance computing systems that best exemplify Cray's creative spirit. The award consists of a crystal memento, certificate, and a $10,000 honorarium.
Kenichi Miura, a professor at the National Institute of Informatics in Japan, received the 2009 Cray award. Other previous recipients include Ken Batcher, John Cocke, Glen Culler, William J. Dally, Monty Denneau, John L. Hennessy, Steven L. Scott, Burton J. Smith, Steven Wallach, and Tadashi Watanabe.
2009 Seymour Cray Award goes to NII's Kenichi Miura
LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 15 October, 2009 – Kenichi Miura, a professor at the National Institute of Informatics, is the 2009 winner of the IEEE Computer Society's prestigious Seymour Cray Computer Engineering Award.
Miura, a professor in NII's Information Systems Architecture Science Research Division, is also director of the Center for Grid Research and Development. He was cited for leading the groundbreaking development of the Fujitsu vector processors, hardware, and software. Miura was recognized for his unique contributions to the field of computer engineering by bringing a strong background in numerical algorithms and applications to the task of designing systems that deliver high performance on real scientific applications.
The 1987 introduction of the Fujitsu VPP-100/200 was a major milestone in the history of supercomputer design. Miura made seminal contributions to the Fujitsu supercomputer design, showing how effective vectorizing compilers could exploit architectural features such as trading vector length for number of vector registers. He was the first to vectorize Monte Carlo radiation transport using the techniques, something that has profoundly affected important applications such as computational crash analysis for automobile safety design.
The ease of program development and the delivered performance caused a significant reexamination of supercomputer research, performance and approaches, influencing the worldwide market for high-performance computing technologies. The resulting designs and products were, at the time, the fastest machines in the world, largely based on Miura's work.
"The IEEE Computer Society is honored to recognize Dr. Miura's ingenuity in developing supercomputer software and hardware that advanced the state-of-the art in technical computing," noted President Susan K. (Kathy) Land.
Cray Award Selection Chair Daniel Reed wrote that "Dr. Miura was one of the key leaders of the Japanese supercomputing designs, which were the only peers of the pioneering designs created by Seymour Cray."
Miura holds a BSEE in physics from the University of Tokyo, an MSEE in computer science, and a PhD in computer science from the University of Illinois. He has authored many technical publications and was the 2008 recipient of the SC Cornerstone Award.
Established in 1998 by the IEEE Computer Society Board of Governors, the Seymour Cray Award is given each year to individuals whose innovative contributions to high-performance computing systems best exemplify the creative spirit demonstrated by the late Seymour Cray. The award includes a crystal model, certificate, and US $10,000 honorarium.
Miura will accept the award during the 14-20 November SC09 Conference in Portland, Oregon. He is scheduled to deliver a plenary session speech at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, 18 November.
Industry notable and Convey Computer co-founder Steven Wallach was the winner of the 2008 Seymour Cray award. Previous recipients of the Seymour Cray Award include John Cocke, Glen Culler, John L. Hennessy, Monty Denneau, Burton J. Smith, William J. Dally, Steven L. Scott, Tadashi Watanabe, and Ken Batcher.